For many people it is a sport to make a safari in Africa. But what is the best time to see wildlife?
In general, the best time to see wildlife in Tanzania is from mid December to mid-March and from June to late October. During this time, water is scarce and animals are dependent on a small number of springs and rivers, causing the concentrations of animals around these places to be at their highest.
During the big rains (mid March to late May) and small rains (late October to early December) the wildlife is more scattered. On this journey you will see anyway, on each trip, throughout the year, a huge variety of wild animals. Elephants, giraffes, dozens of different antelopes, hippos, buffalos, baboons and spectacular birds like marabou storks, vultures, raptors and hundreds more species. You will certainly encounter predators such as lions, leopards, cheetahs and spotted hyenas. Some animals are much rarer, such as rhinos, wild dogs or certain nocturnal and therefore you must have some luck. Birdwatchers are richly rewarded, because the diversity of species in Tanzania is enormous.
The migration of wildebeest and zebras. Many travellers like to see something of the great migration, one of the most spectacular events in the animal kingdom. Large herds of wildebeest (gnus), zebras and several antelope species travel to new pastures along the endless plains of the Serengeti and Masai Mara. The pattern of migration normally proceeds as follows: after the big spring rains, the migration begins in June from the southern Serengeti (Ndutu plains) to the central and western part of the Serengeti. The herds are often found near the central Seronera valley or to the west of the Serengeti. Then, in the months of July and August they go to the north and arrive around September time in the Masai Mara, Kenya. From November they journey south to the eastern plains of the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro reserve. In December the herds reach again the Ndutu Plains and in a very short period countless young wildebeest and other animals are born. The herds remain in this area during these months and the large forces of lions that live here are presented with food in abundance!
Moreover, the area where the animals roam is as large as the Netherlands, so we cannot give you guarantees of encountering the migration, but at anytime of the year the Serengeti and the Masai Mara are two of the most animal rich places in the world, even if Migration is not happening. Many species migrate but in very different patterns, such as buffaloes, elephants, giraffes and many antelopes. The big cats, lions, leopards and cheetahs do not migrate. Basically it's (almost) always an excellent time to visit these beautiful areas, except during the big rains that begin in mid-March and end in late May.